Coat, Blanket and Winter Accessories Collection for NuDay Syria

November 23rd, 2016

Provide some warmth to displaced Syrians this winter. We are collecting much needed winter items for the NH based organization NuDay Syria to ship to
displaced women, children and wounded Syrians. We are partnering with St.John’s Episcopal Church of Beverly Farms in this effort.

The following gently used and new items are appreciated:
• Blankets
• Coats
• Children’s coats
• Hats/gloves/mittens
• Scarves
• Thermal underwear

Donations will be accepted through December 14th.
Collection box will be in the Emerson Center.

Thank you for your assistance with this collection
~ The Board of Mission and Outreach.

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid inside Syria and helping displaced Syrians in the bordering areas around Syria. They focus on bringing housing and food to displaced families with single mothers or wounded family members.

NuDay is especially concerned with the plight and vulnerability of displaced Syrian women and girls, whose needs are often overlooked and voices not heard. NuDay Syria advocates for girls and women who now find themselves with no male breadwinners and often have little skills and experience earning and providing for their families.

Please visit their website for further details about this organization:


Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection

November 23rd, 2016

Board of Mission and Outreach sponsors Annual Gifts of Love Toy Collection
Once again it is time for our Gifts of Love Toy Collection and Special Christmas Coffee Hour Fellowship.

We will be participating in the Haverhill Department of Children and Families “Adopt a Family Program” again this year.
The Haverhill Branch serves the children in Topsfield and many of our surrounding towns.  Their “Adopt A Family” program provides gifts for children in need at Christmastime.   Gift tags  will be hanging on the Christmas tree in the Emerson Center starting on Sunday, November 27th.

Gift tags will have the child’s first name, last initial and age, along with their gift choice and a clothing need.  Please return the clothing item and your gift (wrapped and with tag attached), to the church during our Gifts of Love  Coffee Fellowship- Sunday, December 18th.  We will be having a special brunch, complete with Wassail and  Music. Thank you for helping to make a child’s Christmas morning a little bit brighter.

Karen Trevenen, on behalf of the Board of Missions and Outreach.

Join us in making music at CCoT!

November 23rd, 2016

joelschwindtPlease contact Joel at if you are interested in contributing to the music of CCoT; all forms of worship are welcome! Feel free to simply drop in and join us for rehearsal any time—no audition required!
The Chancel Choir (adult singers, high school age and up) that sings most Sundays from Homecoming Sunday in September through Memorial Day. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:30-9 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 8:30-9, both in the sanctuary of the meetinghouse. We hope that all members can make it to rehearsal on a regular basis, but you are welcome to join us whenever you are able.
The Bell Choir is a group of adult hand bell players (age exceptions made upon request) that performs 4-5 times per year. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15, and 8:30-9:00 a.m. on Sundays on which the group is performing.
The Chancel and Bell Choirs also put on an annual Christmas Concert, which coincides with Topsfield’s “Holiday Walk.” For this concert, the choir prepares a large work, the Bell Choir contributes selections, and all of us help to lead a Christmas carol sing-along.

Advent and Christmas 2016

November 22nd, 2016

The First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, November 27th – 9:30 a.m. Worship


Annual Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 3rd – 7:30 p.m.

All are Welcome…Reception to follow…


The Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 4th – 9:30 a.m. Worship

Come, join your church family for a celebration of Advent with food and fun!

NEW this year: JEOPARDY! for all ages!   See you there!


The Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 11th – 9:30 a.m. Worship


The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 18th – 9:30 a.m. Worship

Children’s Pageant

Gifts of Love Collection


Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

for Children & Families

Saturday, December 24th – 5 p.m.


Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Saturday, December 24th – 10 p.m.



ACE Speaker Event- Sunday, November 20

November 3rd, 2016

The Adult Education committee is pleased to announce an after service session on Sunday November 20, 2016 with Mary MacDonald and her spouse, Karl Ackerman.  They offer at their home in Topsfield two services for long-term-caregivers and people across the lifespan living with illness and disability: A monthly Sunday Stroll and Memory Café in their wheelchair-accessible gardens (April – October), and a 2-hour Guided Respite Retreat (offered year-round, by appointment with Mary).  A survivor of a difficult dementia-care journey, Mary became a certified Life Coach, Group Leader, and Kripalu Yoga Teacher and founded MaryMac Missions and Rest.Stop.Ranch in 2010 (,  She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Please mark your calendars for November 20th and join us as we learn from this interesting and dedicated couple about an important subject affecting many of us.  ACE

Contact:  Steve Whelan –

Haven from Hunger…It’s time to fill the truck!

November 3rd, 2016

Haven from Hunger…It’s time to fill the truck!

Bring your food Items Sunday!!
On Sunday, November 20th, the Truck from Haven from Hunger will be arriving during our Sunday Worship service for our church to fill with groceries for replenishing their food pantry located in Peabody.  If you are unable to bring groceries to church on Sunday, a bin for donations is available Fri. Nov. 18th in the church office.
The food pantry at Haven from Hunger provides over 1,800 households with fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, diary, and canned goods. Last year, they distributed enough food for close to 600,000 meals and they need our church’s help to continue.  Items such as canned tuna and chicken, soups (other than chicken noodle), cereal, peanut butter, and personal care items are urgently needed but all contributions are welcome! Please check the expiration date and avoid glass containers.
Our church has historically been a great supporter of this organization and we can expect to do so again due to your generosity.

The Mission Board thanks you in advance for your support that will mean so much for others during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

Cathy Imboden, on behalf of the Board of Mission and Outreach

Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Shop –

October 17th, 2016

Calling friends, families and neighbors!
You may remember the fun time ~8 volunteers from our church had at Beverly Bootstraps last month sorting clothes, pricing and hanging items.  Due to the success and popularity of this venture, we would love to give Beverly Bootstraps a monthly commitment  penciling in the third Monday of each month, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. starting October 17th!  If you are interested, email Susan Blanchard at and she will add your name and contact info to sign-up genius.  It’s that simple!

Join in the Celebration

October 17th, 2016

Refugee Immigration Ministry

30th Anniversary International Dinner
Sharing the Gifts of Our Diverse Cultures

Sunday, November 6, 2016
5:30 p.m.  Horsd’oeuvres
6:30 p.m.  An International Buffet
Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony
First Congregational Church
121 West Foster St.  Melrose, MA.

Tickets:  $40 ($35 if you buy before October 15)
Mail check to RIM at 6 Pleasant St. Ste 612, Malden, MA.  02148

Contact: Cathy Imboden at

Children’s Summer Story & Snack

June 2nd, 2016

For children in Pre-School through Grade 6

This summer we will invite children who come for worship to gather for “Story and Snack” on any Sunday there are more than four young ones present as the service begins.  A staff person or volunteer will be on hand to determine if we have enough kids for this program and if so will escort them out during the first hymn.  We will sit together, outside as the weather permits, to hear a Bible story and enjoy a snack.  Please meet your children on the Meeting house Lawn following the worship.   The “Story and Snack” volunteers will bring the children to Lemonade on the Lawn in conclusion of worship.

Ladies Croquet on the Common

May 31st, 2016

Sponsored by the Women of the Congregational Church of Tospfield.

It’s THE social event of the season!  Croquet

All women are invited to enjoy a lively game of croquet and

light refreshments on the Topsfield Common.

Don’t play?  Come watch the fun!  Spectators are welcome

and there will be seating on the lawn.

Victorian/Edwardian attire is encouraged but not required.

Public is welcome and admission is free.

Girls high school age and up welcome too.